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The Latest: Sumo fans appreciate Trump’s attendance at match

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump, right, chat during an annual summer sumo wrestling championship in Tokyo, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Daiki Katagiri/Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese sumo fans say they’re happy President Donald Trump took the opportunity during his visit to Tokyo to watch the national sport in person — even if his attendance caused some changes to the usual arrangement for fans.

Trump presented a special trophy to the winner of a tournament after Sunday’s match.

Shinichiro Idehara, a 54-year-old government employee, bought a ticket after learning Trump would be going.

Idehara said “that means he has an understanding of Japanese culture and I’m happy to know that.”

And here’s what Mayuko Ueda, a 22-year-old office worker, had to say: “It’s good to see the American leader coming to watch a national sport. I hope that helps to deepen ties.”

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